Main spring housing latch pin shifted cannot remove latch

Main spring housing latch pin shifted cannot remove latch

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  1. #1 Main spring housing latch pin shifted cannot remove latch 
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    One of the pins in the main spring latch has shifted (to the left pointing barrel down range). The pin catches the frame and I cannot remove the latch assembly from the frame. It is a pretty tight tolerance and I cannot slide a feeler gauge of any thickness over the pin to pry it back in place. Thinking I might be able to tap the frame with a mallet to try and get the pin to move but not sure what side of the frame to tap. I am thinking it would be the side opposite where the pin is sticking up. i.e. hold the gun so side with pit sticking up is on top tap frame from bottom frame moves up pin moves down??

    Any ideas on how to get the pin to move back into place would be greatly appreciated. The gun will operate but I can't get it apart for a proper cleaning.
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    Wlcome to the forum from Celebration Florida. What model of gun are you talking about?
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    Main spring housing latch pin shifted cannot remove latch-img_3386.jpg

    Under magnification you can see the pin sticking up. I catches on the frame preventing the latch from being removed form the gun.
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  6. #5 Re: Main spring housing latch pin shifted cannot remove latch 
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    Jock,
    Once the pin gets that far over to either the right or left, there's just one drastic remedy left. Drill a tiny hole that will accept a tiny punch and then push the pin back into proper position. Then, when you get the mainspring housing assembly out of the grip frame, consider this:



    Lay the mainspring housing assembly down on a metal plate and then stake three dimples, as depicted, 120° apart at the edge of where the pin meets the MHA. Do that on both sides and that pin will stay in place until your grand-kids inherit that pistol.
    If you use a 1/16 inch drill to drill the access hole, you can plug that hole with 1/16th inch drill rod and smooth it over. If you don't have any of that, contact me and I'll send you one.

    NOTE: For all owners of Ruger Mark pistols, I do recommend that when you have your mainspring housing assembly out of your pistol to do the "pin staking" to prevent it
    from drifting. You will be glad you did that...........just ask Jock

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